The delivery of Australian groceries and other goods is being increasingly handled by courier services such as Amazon and M-B Express, with companies including Amazon and Mint Express offering a wide range of services to Australians.
A report from the Commonwealth Bank, released on Thursday, found that Australia has become a hub for the international delivery of goods.
The report found that the number of international parcel deliveries from Australia has increased by a quarter since 2012 and has been growing by 3.5 per cent per annum.
According to the report, Australia now provides a “very significant number” of international courier services for delivery of groceries, clothing, toys, household items, food, household appliances and household products, as well as other items.
There are currently more than 1,200 international courier companies operating in Australia, according to the Bank.
In terms of volume, the report found Amazon and the company M-b Express are the most popular international courier service providers, with approximately one-third of the global deliveries of Australian goods.
Amazon delivered approximately 18 per cent of all deliveries to Australia in 2016.
“Amazon and Mb Express have grown significantly in recent years and are the two leading global delivery providers of Australian products,” said Mark Lutz, the Bank’s chief economist.
Amazon is Australia’s largest delivery company, with more than 40,000 delivery workers.
M-b is the largest parcel delivery company and has more than 8,000 employees.
Mr Lutz said Australia was also a “significant hub” for Amazon deliveries, as it was the most visited country in the world by the company.
Currently, the global market for parcel delivery services includes services from Amazon, FedEx, and UPS.
Australia is the second-largest market in the European Union after the United Kingdom, according the report.
Its exports of goods to the EU increased by 5.6 per cent in 2016, according data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
“The increase in volume is primarily due to the growing importance of the European market to Amazon, which has an estimated global delivery of $2.9 trillion,” Mr Lutz added.
He said the international business of parcel delivery was growing at an annual rate of 2.8 per cent.
For the next six months, the Australian government is due to introduce a new levy on international courier firms.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on Thursday that his government would continue to support the delivery of essential goods by Australian companies.
As part of the package of measures announced by Mr Morrison and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the lead up to the national election, the government is also introducing an online sales tax on parcel delivery companies, including M-bc Express.